HARBOR ASSOCIATION OF INDUSTRY & COMMERCE and PLAINS ALL AMERICAN PIPELINE AB 32 Regulations - Crucial Industry Panel Discussion
June 23, 2009
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FuturePorts - A Regional Voice
As the two largest ports in the nation, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach generate $200 billion annually in throughput, and handle 43% of all waterborne U.S. trade and 60% of all imports from Asia. Hundreds of thousands of jobs have already been created in Southern California by ever-increasing port activity. With trade volume projected to triple over the next 20 years, Southern California has an unprecedented opportunity to solidify its position as the nation’s pre-eminent trade center. However, a number of challenges threaten the ports’ and industries’ ability to sustain their role as critical economic engines in California and the nation.
- Congestion in the region continues to increase, and the construction of necessary improvements to alleviate bottlenecks is hindered by funding shortfalls and delays in the decision-making process.
- Air quality and other environmental challenges are jeopardizing the timely completion of much-needed infrastructure improvements.
- Area residents are increasingly concerned about the impact of port activity on their communities, and struggle to understand the beneficial and necessary role our ports play in the local economy.
The time is now for a dynamic and visionary organization to secure a vibrant economic and environmental future for the ports, their businesses and their surrounding communities. Currently, there is no single advocacy organization focused on solving goods movement problems using a multistakeholder and regional perspective on the ports and shipping supply chain. FuturePorts will identify growth and environmental challenges and advocate strongly for solutions through its Strategic Action Plan.
About the FuturePorts Strategic Action Plan
To set a balanced course that meets Southern California’s economic, environmental and social goals, FuturePorts will:
- Serve as a regional voice for our members at local, state and federal regulatory and legislative agencies on issues affecting the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex and its industry providers; monitor and report on these agency actions.
- Participate in agency planning programs and decision-making.
- Formulate policy positions on planning and regulatory issues affecting the ports and shipping supply chain.
- Establish pro-active approaches to environmental issues by promoting port and industry stewardship and emphasizing the importance of balanced, reasonable and cost-feasible strategies.
- Identify local and regional solutions to eliminate congestion bottlenecks and achieve much-needed air quality improvements.
- Identify critical construction projects and develop strategies for eliminating delays in project funding, environmental permitting and construction.
- Increase public awareness and knowledge about the value of the ports and industry services for the community at large.
The time is now to make your voice heard as the goods movement industry, government agencies and the community are fully engaged in critical debates in Southern California, Sacramento and Washington, D.C. about the future of our ports.